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5/23/19
Can you make the IP interface for the TV Box available to the Logitech Harmony remote? 0 Recommended Answers 3 Replies 0 Upvotes
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The Google Fiber TV Box can be controlled via IP using the Fiber App on a phone. But the IP interface needs to be open to external developers like the Logitech Harmony remote.

If you're not familiar with them, the Harmony Hub is a small device that can pair with a phone interface or a physical remote. It has an incredibly simple interface to add Devices (TVs, receivers, switches, lights or nearly anything) and then add an Activity. So one might have an Activity called Watch TV that will turn on the TV box, turn on the TV, turn on the AV receiver, switch the TV to the right input, the receiver to the right input, etc.

Many newer devices have IP interfaces. Like I just installed a TCL Roku TV and a Vizio Sound Bar and both had IP interfaces that the Logitech Harmony remote. This is far more reliable than sending IR flashes. I have a big home theater installation and the only thing that still requires an IR flasher is the TV Box.

Please, publish the spec. Make it open. And let Logitech's engineers find the TV Boxes on the network and control them reliably.
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5/23/19
Thanks for the great suggestion. I've gone ahead and shared this idea with our developers, but no official word on implementing this for now. You're probably already aware, but just in case, the Logitech Harmony remote by itself is compatible with Fiber TV Boxes: https://support.google.com/fiber/answer/7106655?hl=en
 
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5/24/19
It's compatible, from what I can tell, only in the sense that the Logitech Harmony Hub and the Harmony Remote can both emit learned IR codes - which is the slowest and least reliable method. Both devices are capable of communicating to various devices via both BlueTooth and IP, which are bidirectional so the Harmony system will know that a command has been sent and received. As I said, IP connectivity is currently used with Google's own Fiber App - all they have to do is make that API available to third parties.

As it is, with new home theater installations, I install I tend to prefer using YouTube TV on a Roku principally because the Roku has an IP interface. During programming of a Harmony system, it scans for IP devices (I'm unsure of the method, if it's Plug'n'Play or what) but it automatically identified the TCL Roku TV, the Yamaha AV receiver and the Amazon FireStick.

I am more than happy to beta test if they decide to make this happen. Thanks.
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